Big plans ahead for San Benito parks

SAN BENITO — It’s going to be a busy summer for the city.

The Parks and Recreation Department expects to work double-time to accommodate the busy summer season.

Parks and Recreation Director Art Garza hopes that translates into more summer fun for local residents.

Adult and youth summer leagues are now forming, cheerleader registration is under way and the Hog Dash is just around the corner.

A summer 7-on-7 Football season is also in the works for middle school youth.

In addition, a San Benito beautification program, where youth will be paid for their cleanup efforts, is planned in June.

“We are bringing new people to our park,” said Sal Mendoza, recreation supervisor for the Parks and Recreation Department.

“We have six adult soccer teams playing ‘Futbol Rapido,’ and seven flag football teams playing in the men’s league,” he said of the increase in activity.

Games are being played every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m.

Now, he said, “We need more coaches for our upcoming events.”

Parks and Rec recently hosted an NFL Flag Football tournament which attracted 24 teams from throughout the Valley and from as far away as Corpus Christi.

“That league is designed for youth, 14-and-under,” Mendoza said.

In addition to sports and recreation activities, the parks department is planning to host its first Movies at The Park, which is scheduled for July 15, Garza said.

“A program activity guide is in the works, which will list all activities for the summer and fall months,” Garza said.

“It is rewarding to be so involved in developing these programs for the citizens of San Benito and outlying areas.”